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Check and repair your SSD or HDD using PowerShell

Want to use PowerShell to scan or repair your drive(s)?  Use the commands below to check your drives. Need to run a quick check?  Type the following using PowerShell as the Administrator. Repair-Volume -DriveLetter C -SpotFix If you need to … Continue reading

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Windows Cleanup shows 3.99TB? Is my math wrong?

Apparently there is a bug that shows 3.99TB of Windows Update Cleanup when you run the disk cleanup application in Windows 10.  With the plethora of updates that Microsoft has thrown at everyone, this would seem about right, however, you … Continue reading

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Free Cyber Security Training for Vets

FedVTE Training- Did you know that cyber security professionals report an average salary of $116,000—that’s nearly three times the national income average. Veterans are some of the best-positioned workers to transition into much needed CYBER SECURITY JOBS! There is free … Continue reading

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OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)- Using on your home network

OWASP -The Open Web Application Security Project is an online community which creates freely-available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security. (Wikipedia) If you have wanted to learn how to test your network and … Continue reading

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DotNet 3.5 failed or won’t install Server 2012

If DotNet 3.5 won’t install or fails to install on Server 2012 (Under Features), there is a work around. You may see this when installing – Cancel the installation Insert your Windows DVD and open PowerShell – Type the following … Continue reading

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DHCP issues with KB3201845

If you have issues after applying KB3201845, Rick over at Whats On My PC may have first found it.  Apparently Microsoft is displaying a banner on their Windows 10 History page that says to restart NOT shutdown.   We experienced … Continue reading

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Goodbye CMD prompt – and update your PowerShell help

Powershell is becoming the new default command line.  It’s more powerfull and computers and operating systems always change. Before you get started, you may want to update it.  Right click your menu icon. Select Windows PowerShell (Admin) Next type – Get-Help dir … Continue reading

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Did you know Microsoft has an online Training Center for Office?

Microsoft offers an online training center for Microsoft Office that covers Microsoft Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, OneDrive, Access and Skype for Business. The training offers videos, tips and more.  You can find the training here.

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Completely uninstall Office with the easy fix tool

Microsoft offers an easy fix tool that gets rid of Office and insures that nothing remains in your folders or registry.   This tool should be use if you have errors installing Office or if you are wanting to remove … Continue reading

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Are your IoT devices visible from the internet?

BullGuard has a scanner that quickly scans your public IP address and ‘sees’ if your network has open ports that could pose a threat to you or even the internet.  Here’s the link to see if you have something that … Continue reading

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Cipher /w:C securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command … Continue reading

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Cannot access computer by NetBios name after replacing NIC card

If you have ever replaced a network card on a server or computer and you can no longer access the computer, you should flush any cache on the workstation that is accessing the server. Insure no other users are logged … Continue reading

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Windows Search Issues

When you add drives and other devices to your computer, it is good to have areas indexed so that finding files is easier. Here’s how to re-index a drive – Make sure your drive has indexing checked.  You can go to … Continue reading

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Resilient File System on Windows 10 Pro

While NTFS is a reliable file system, Windows 10 can have ReFS enabled for data drives and some external drives.  What exactly is ReFS? ReFS is Resilient File System.  ReFS insures data availability,  supports large file systems without a performance … Continue reading

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How to get Office 2016 Updates

Want to get updates for your Office 365? Open Word 2016 or another one of your office products.  Click on file, then Account – you’ll now see Update Options on the right.  Click the Update Options and select Update Now.

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Windows 10 not updating

After the Anniversary edition came out for Windows 10, many people have had the probelm of updating their OS. What are some of the fixes? Apparently KB3189866 will hang the OS. Download and apply this KB (full download of the … Continue reading

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Control your mouse with your head, voice or hand

Want to control your mouse with just your hand or voice commands? NPointer by neurotechnology is freeware You can also use Camera Mouse which is freeware where you can use just your head. Camera Mouse

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How long will you be on help desk?

Three former students recently contacted me to update me on their careers.  There’s always a question before they leave college.  How long will I work help desk?  We wrote an article several years ago – “It takes time in the trenches … Continue reading

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